Marinas strive for improvement

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NOV. 30 — Two more East Coast marinas have earned “clean” certifications.

Maryland’s Choptank Marina, operated by the CarolineCountyParks and Recreation Department, recently became the 95th certified Maryland Clean Marina, the state’s Department of Natural Resources reports. To earn the Clean Marina designation, Choptank Marina, managed by George Jamar, voluntarily requested a site visit from DNR staff and undertook recommendations to improve operations and reduce risk of pollution.

Choptank Marina staff routinely provides customers with small petroleum absorbent pads during fueling to catch incidental drips. The marina also has a more thorough emergency response plan and staff training in place. They participate in an oyster restoration program and are replacing their light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescents.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the state’s Clean Boating Partnership recently recognized RiverForestYachtingCenter, of Stuart, Fla., as MartinCounty’s eighth Clean Marina.

The yachting center implemented several environmentally friendly practices, including an Eco Wash system. Vessels are transported to the Eco Wash Down pad area where the pressure-cleaned boat bottom residue runs down a drain where it is collected in a screen. The remaining water is then pumped through a series of filters and reused.

RiverForest also applies water-based bottom paint products that the marina says carry the same guarantee as solvent-based paint, but are environmentally friendly. The marina also uses dustless vacuum sanders and collection tarps to dispose of sanding material.